Sleep was something that Martin Hanzal might have thought he would want the night before he returned to the Coyotes lineup after missing 12 games with concurrent injuries.

How quickly plans change.

Hanzal flew back from Anaheim on Wednesday morning, and his wife, Lenka, gave birth to Martin Jr. later in the day.

"It was amazing," Hanzal said. "My first baby, and it was awesome. I wasn't thinking about hockey, and now I just woke up (Thursday morning) and realized it's my job. I've got to come back ... see them after the game."

Hanzal joked before the game that it was a "dream come true" to begin his comeback against the Red Wings.

"It's tough, but I actually like playing against the Wings because of the last couple of years in the playoffs (back-to-back first-round losses). So I'm just pumped up.

"This is my longest time (out of lineup) so far. I just worked hard last week to make sure I'd be ready."

Coach Dave Tippett has had to do a lot of mixing and matching at the center position during the past few weeks when both Hanzal and Boyd Gordon were out of the lineup. Gordon's return bolstered the position, and Tippett is anticipating Hanzal solidifying it even more.